Q. What causes heel pain?
Heel pain can be caused by several different conditions, including:
1. Plantar Fasciitis: This is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.
2. Heel Spurs: These are abnormal growths of bone on the bottom of your heel. They can be caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes, or from an abnormal walk or posture, and can be particularly painful during walking or standing
3. Achilles Tendinitis: This condition results from overuse of the Achilles tendon, the band of tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. It's common in runners and older people.
4. Heel Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursa at the back of the heel, often caused by footwear or landing awkwardly. The pain can often be felt deep inside the heel or at the back of the heel.
5. Heel Fractures: Fractures in the heel bone (calcaneus) can occur from high-impact injuries like falls or car accidents. The resulting pain is often severe and may be accompanied by bruising and swelling.
6. Arthritis: Various types of arthritis, like rheumatoid arthritis or gout, can cause heel pain.
7. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: This condition is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist but occurs in the ankle. It happens when the large nerve in the
Q. What causes toe pain?
Toe pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, including:
● Gout: This is a type of arthritis that typically affects the joint of the big toe. It occurs when urate crystals accumulate in your joints, causing inflammation and intense pain.
● Ingrown Toenails: This happens when the edge of a toenail grows into the skin of the toe, which can be very painful and can lead to infection
● Bunions and Hammertoes: These are deformities of the foot bones that can cause significant pain, particularly when wearing shoes. A bunion occurs when the joint at the base of the big toe gets larger and sticks out.Hammertoe is when the toe is bent at the middle joint.
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